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    Improvs at St. Sulpice.............

    Found these excellent improvisations by David Briggs on the "Wonder Machine" of St. Sulpice:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYl2s...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOQvxK813J0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaKVueGVfQE
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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

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    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Fascinating CD. How do you cope with five keyboards at once?

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    As you noticed, David Briggs does nicely on a five manual instrument. In regards to five manuals, especially at St. Sulpice, each manual controls a division of pipes of varying lengths and timbres. The pedal is its own division. You get dynamic differences, timbre differences and so on...
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Marvelous CD. And what a thrill to see two Grand Masters sitting side by side on the bench. thank you.
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    GB,

    You bet! Olivier Latry, Daniel Roth, and David Briggs certainly can "musicize"........
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Teddy -- you don't "cope with five keyboards at once". Most of us have only two hands. Pipe organs have pipes in different "divisions" each of which is controlled by one of the manuals.

    In the case of St. Sulpice, since it is a mechanical organ, the couplers cause the keys on any coupled manuals to also depress, making it look like some type of magic. (Electrical-action organs don't do that.) Also in the case of that organ, the first (lowest) manual is the "couple to" manual, except I think at some point there was a coupler added for Recit to Positif. That organ celebrates 150 years this year -- 1862. Some testimony to craftsmanship and regular maintenance. It still raises the roof, at least figuratively. And it has known some stellar players.

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    Thaqnks for the explanation, but it still looks like magic to me. Now I must go and check the mirror. There is some bloke looking back at me

    teddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    Thaqnks for the explanation, but it still looks like magic to me. Now I must go and check the mirror. There is some bloke looking back at me ... teddy
    BOO!!

    Mastering multiple keyboards takes some getting used to, but it permits the organist to have different settings on each manual, so as to give more contrast to a piece of music instead of playing the same stops (sounds) all the time. And, as mentioned, in those large organs, the manuals do couple to each other either mechanically or electrically, so in in effect, one could play all 5 manuals at once, but both their hands would be on one manual.
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    As far as I am concerned Lars it is in the same league as the 42 string guitar. Way out of mine. Thanks for the explanation.

    teddy

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